Substitute for dry sherry called for in French onion soup?

  • Posted by: Jo-ell
  • October 13, 2013


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msmely October 14, 2013
If you're trying to go alcohol-free you can also substitute white wine vinegar. It adds a bit more acidity than the wine would. If you prefer a sweeter flavor then white cranberry or white grape juice works as well.
ChefJune October 14, 2013
My suggestion of a substitute would depend upon why you asked for one. Are you trying to avoid alcohol? or just want to know if you can sub another bevvie you might have on hand. Also, are you making the soup with beef or chicken stock?
Jo-ell October 16, 2013
Just trying to use what I have on hand. The recipe I'm using calls for both chx and beef stock.
bigpan October 14, 2013
To maximize the flavor of the onions, I would stick with dry white vermouth.
amysarah October 13, 2013
Ditto the suggestions above; or, if you'd like a flavor more related to sherry, madeira works well (small world, I have some in the fridge right now, made that way. Pretty tasty, if I do say so myself ;-)

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Pegeen October 13, 2013
Aside from white or red wine, dry vermouth, cognac or brandy would work.
pierino October 14, 2013
I do use cognac myself but only in small amounts, like just one of those mini-bottles. The key to a good onion soup is taking a long time with the onions.
Meghann C. October 13, 2013
You could just leave it out or use white wine. It won't taste the same, of course, but it will still be delicious.
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